Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) is an interdisciplinary concentration that brings together a wide range of courses in the humanities and social sciences with a comparative critical focus on racial and ethnic formations, relations, and experiences. The CRES concentrator engages with the ways race and ethnicity have been and continue to be powerful social and political forces, and how they intersect with other structures of identity formation, such as class, gender, sexuality, nationality, and legal status. The concentration allows students to compare U.S. experiences along the racial and ethnic axes with those of other racially and ethnically diverse countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, past and present.
Students fulfilling the Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies concentration are required to take a minimum of six courses that carry the CRES attribute, including at least two courses in the humanities and two courses in the social sciences. At least one course must focus on race and ethnicity within the United States, and at least one must have a non-U.S. focus.
The undergraduate concentration requirements are distributed over three components as follows:
1. One Comparative Course that offers a comparative perspective on race and/or ethnicity.
2. Four Elective Courses selected from both the humanities and the social sciences. At least two electives must be at the 200-level.
3. One Advanced Seminar Course approved by the student’s adviser.
The Comparative Courses in CRES introduce students to comparative perspectives on race and/or ethnicity either within or outside the United States.
Students may select from any the following Comparative Courses to fulfill this requirement:
Elective Courses in CRES are intended to expose students to a breadth of disciplinary perspectives on race and/or ethnic studies. Courses carrying the CRES attribute are offered in the Departments of English; Geography; History; International Development and Social Change; Language, Literature and Culture; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology; and Visual and Performing Arts.
*Always check the course grid for new CRES courses each semester. Note that special topics or capstone courses in other departments may carry an CRES attribute only when the topic is relevant to the CRES concentration (for example, HIST 268 - Special Topics).
Elective Courses offered within the last 2 Academic Years include:
Social Science Courses
- EDUC 152 - Complexities of Urban Schooling
- EDUC 153 - Participatory (Action) Research with Youth
- EDUC 227 - Culture, Language, and Education
- EDUC 254 - Education in Film: Media Representations of Race, Class, Gender & Schooling
- EDUC 281 - Critical Pedagogies
- GEOG 020 - American Cities: Changing Spaces, Community Places
- GEOG 090 - Native Americans, Land and Natural Resources
- GEOG 179 - Global and Local Environmental Justice
- GEOG 248 - Social Justice and the City
- GEOG 280 - Urban Ecology: Cities as Ecosystems
- ID 120 - Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology
- ID 227 - Ideologies of Race in Development
- ID 291 - Displacement and Development in the Contemporary World.
- IDND 140 - Race, Health, and Social Justice in United States History
- IDND 200 - Advanced Topics in Gender, Race, and Area Studies
- PSCI 171 - Urban Politics: People, Power and Conflict in U.S. Cities
- PSCI 174 - Middle East Politics
- PSCI 214 - Mass Murder and Genocide Under Communism
- PSCI 290 - U.S. - Latin American Relations - Capstone Seminar
- PSYC 203 - Research in Stigma, Intersectionality, and Health
- PSYC 232 - Research in Community
- PSYC 240 - Race and Racism: Theory and Experiences
- PSYC 156 - Cultural Psychology
- PSYC 225 - Research on Intergroup Conflict and Cooperation
- PSYC 281 - Understanding and Addressing Mental Healthcare Disparities in the U.S.
- SOC 125 - Cities and Suburbs
- SOC 137 - Race and Ethnicity Across Borders: Comparing the Local and Global
- SOC 200 - Class, Status and Power
- SOC 252 - Race and American Society
- SOC 260 - Roots and Routes: Immigrants, Diasporas and Travel
- SOC 265 - Social Movements: Quest for Justice
Advanced Seminar Courses
The Advanced Seminar Course is intended to serve as a culminating research experience that allows students to synthesize the knowledge and methodologies accumulated throughout their CRES experience
*Courses from the Comparative and Elective Course lists may fulfill the Advanced Seminar Course requirement with permission from the student’s adviser. Note that special topics or capstone courses in other departments may also carry an CRES attribute only when the topic is relevant to the CRES concentration (for example, HIST 268 - Special Topics). Always check the course grid for new CRES courses each semester.
Suggested Advanced Seminar Courses include, but are not limited to:
María Acosta Cruz, Ph.D.
Belen Atienza, Ph.D
Parminder Bhachu, Ph.D.
Ramon Borges-Mendes, Ph.D.
Esteban Cardemil, Ph.D.
Mark Davidson, Ph.D.
Eric DeMeulenaere, Ph.D.
Debórah Dwork, Ph.D.
Anita Hausermann Fabos, Ph.D.
Rachel Falmange, Ph.D.
Odile Ferly, Ph.D.
Everett Fox, Ph.D.
Janette Greenwood, Ph.D.
Betsy P. Huang, Ph.D. - Co-Director
Esther Jones, Ph.D.
Lisa Kasmer, PhD.
Willem Klooster, Ph.D.
Thomas Kuehne, Ph.D.
Stephen M. Levin, Ph.D.
Olga Litvak, Ph.D.
Deborah Martin, Ph.D.
John M. Palella, Ph.D - Co-Director
Jie Park, Ph.D.
Paul W. Posner, Ph.D.
Ousmane Power-Greene, Ph.D.
Amy Richter, Ph.D.
Raphael Rogers, Ph.D.
Marianne Sarkis, Ph.D.
Valerie Sperling, Ph.D.
Ora Szekely, Ph.D.
Shelly Tenenbaum, Ph.D.
Johanna Vollahrdt, Ph.D.
Kristen Williams, Ph.D.